I always sort of viewed Backpage as a trashier and worse Craigslist, but it may be a perception borne from being based in the SF Bay Area. I believe it was a few things. Adult services got shutdown which probably pushed some of those people to Backpage and the rest to casual encounters, then when Backpage got destroyed by the feds the "sellers" just came flooding in Craigslist. And then because CL spam filtering is trash, sex workers ads started dominating that section.
It was a dumpster fire, at least in my area. I had been corresponding with someone and post shutdown I quickly emailed and he still got it. I'm pretty pissed about this. I met so many people through Craigslist and so many great experiences.
It will be interesting to see what other platforms will fill the vacuum. Sniffies is positioned to grow into the m4m space. I never got banned from it though I never blatantly asked for pussy. Too bad every chick from there that wants to meet is either depressed or underage. I had to get rid of it because it began throwing up popup ads every couple of minutes.
If a gun maker can't be held liable when their gun is used in a crime, then it would seem logical that a website can't be either. This is an excellent argument. Perhaps we'll see a challenge to this law soon, in a way that forces courts to either rule a gun makers liable or b overturn the legislation. My opponent wants to change the law against child exploitation and prostitution.
I don't elect me. This sucks so bad. I literally just was emailing with the biggest MILF ever, and then it was all shut down. Goddamn this comment pumped me up. At first I was like, "nah, I don't think I do," reread the comment again and again, and now I'm all "hell yeah I do!!!
If you're not kidding, you can still email her. The email relay is system wide, so it still works. Government ruins everything it touches! Fuck all these muthafuckuhs! I'm moving out of this shitty ass country when I get the chance! What are some better alternatives? To their defense it's one of those bills that was worded in such a way that being against it would just make you look really bad.
Commenting just to commiserate. Absolute best fucking relationship. We're getting married next year. I had several really positive, fun FWB situations from personals before that. Feels like a major part of the internet just disappeared. Feels like the internet is really tightening it belt. I remeber when people where selling weed in causal hook up section. I had lots of fun experiences on Casual Encounters, with both males and females. This is such a bummer.
Anyone have any ideas for alternatives? So much for the internet being free I'm thinking that's gonna replace Craigslist. Just give everyone a few days to get situated. For instance, all of Canada's casual encounters are still up, CL is based in US so they can't risk it, but a foreign country that doesn't have the same laws could def run a casual encounters site.
I liked to browse when bored at work just to see what people were getting up to in my area. It's sad to see craigslist has absolutely no backbone at all, this isn't even a signed law yet. We need a better alternative but even then it will take ages to get the word out to the level that craigslist is at. Prepare for the glorious migration of all the collective craigslist fucksquatches to Fetlife, Tinder, Grinder, and misc personals boards.
It is not all seediness and criminal actiivity, I had some bad experiences on a few occasions, but overall, the good experiences outweighed the bad. Best place on the internet to get straight to the point of what you are looking for, be that love, a fwb, a hookup, or a missed connection, and if you so chose, it did not have to have money involved like backpage or many of the other supposed "personal" sections on sites like cl.
Can't even tell the real hookers though anymore. Every post is just a link to an empty IG page. No that got ruined too, you can only post a number as the title and no text in the actual post, only pictures.
One way to eliminate a lot of fake ones is by doing a Google reserve image search. Of course the same fake pics could be used on other sites, but you can at least know it's fake if the image is of some porn model and it's on websites and was posted as early at Ik I barely found out.
I used it to hook up with others in the T4M mostly. Fetlife, Tinder and grindr are my only options now. Wondering if this bill is gonna force tinder, okc, grindr, etc to all close too? I mean those are all well known to be places for sex workers. It'll drive them nuts. I can't stop laughing at that response. I need to find the perfect Hannity page to post one on.
I'll promise him, personally, the best knobjob of his life and send him a picture of Trump in drag! Lol let's make them take down their own sites then they will finally realize what idiots they are. It passed in the Senate and in the house. You'd have just as much luck hooking up in CNN's comments. I guess you don't realize just as many Dems voted for this bill as Repubs did.. I know CL personals is considered the bottom of the barrel.
Ive had some mild success meeting people on there More success than traditional dating sites.. I just found out. I know that Im late to the party. That seems to be my life. Had to jump into this diccussion after reading how open and honest everyone has been. I have a great deal of Love for the CL personals. I use to think like some.
That is was for the bottom of the barrels. But we are only human. We have wants and needs. So, I started using them a little over 2 years ago. And even though there was a lot, and I mean a lot of fakes and flakes and games. I managed to meet some beautiful and great women and had a lot of good times. Some one night stands. Even 2 long relationships. Its definitely sad to see the personals gone. Those of you who had been there for a long time.
You got a lot more notches than me. I will admit Im a little jealous. Definitely wish I had discovered and started using the personals a few years earlier.
But no use of crying over spilt milk. Life has a way of even-ing out. Perhaps all the prostitutes will move elsewhere and CL will bring it back when laws get changed letting free adults get paid for sex In all seriously I got all my first gay sex through CL. There is no chill gay bar by me just a young one with blaring music which is horrible. It's interesting that other countries Casual encounters are up. Everyone just start using Toronto's casual encounters lol. I was just thinking this.
I'm in Vancouver, but I like to browse the Bellingham listings because it's no biggie to pop across the border. I figure all the Americans near the Canadian border are going to start posting in the nearest Canadian city.
Was just coming here to post about this. Met my best friend on there, he and I still thank each other for not being a murderer Is the closest alternate I found. But there are very few ads or none in some sections - but I imagine that will pick up soon. The hell you on about? It was also created by a group of Democrats. Reddit's personal sections are actually good; there may not be many people, but the vast majority ARE real people, even if they don't post their picture in their ad.
Check your city or state. So many great people are still in my life because of the site. My and my BF met through CL, after we both spent many years exploring our sexuality through the site. I know my BF will too. Is there some way we can recreate that, but avoided all the legal crap that CL would have to deal with?
There enough smart people in here how hard would it be to recreate Craigslist and call it Craigslust or something silly like that. I heard of a site called https: We are working on fixing the issue!. Please come back in a litlle bit. The posting capability is still working so - POST an ad and it will go live as soon as possible! Instead of a degrading "why has no one swiped right on me" process like tinder or yellow, where you run out of people in your area, it was a cool email function where you could anonymously tell people what you wanted to try, what you were looking for, and say a lot more about yourself to people online without scaring anyone off.
Instead of judging their looks first and running out of matches till you eventually go "well They really still could find a happy relationship, or meet some cute ass people, experiment, or finally fulfill their fantasies, so Plus, god, it was flattering and such a massive self esteem boost back then; hundreds of anonymous email responses to date or sex ads, exploring things, all that I'm gonna miss it.
It getting removed really caught me off guard, especially from all the dope ass people ive met there. Or one that can be like, both legal AND effective, not anything where the only results involve fake spam bots 92 miles away, so yeah I'm going to make a prediction, that this will encourage the rise of something like a block-chain forum that is "not hosted by anyone". When that happens, they'll probably regret this type of legislation.
It's sad that it was a conservative bill that introduced this. Conservatives have always held that laws can't control human nature nor people. This will drive the bad element underground and make it harder to track, meanwhile the legitimate users lose out. It's also sad that a great service has been ruined by spammers, scammers, botters, and yes, unfortunately criminals. There was a very legitimate use for the personals several, actually.
So now we all lose, for lack of other solutions. I'd like to get in touch with someone I've been emailing. To test it, I responded to my own ad using a different email address, and it went through. So, for now, they are still working if you want to reply but I wouldn't count on them staying active for long. Best to exchange direct email addresses even if you have to set up a junk email address to do so.
Not everyone is using it to meet hookers a lot to people actually gained true relationships from this site at least they should have kept personals for relationships and removed the sex encounters part. It has both desktop and app versions you can get the app on Apple and Android. I met a few cool women and ppl thru these personals and as usual our gov.
Is ruining fun things when they should be worried about larger issuers than some damn potential local prostitution on a website. We exchanged a couple of e-mails over the course of two hours, tossing back and forth lists of interests and the like. She made it clear that she wanted to meet up, and while she talked about starting slow, it was clear that it would indeed be a casual encounter.
But when I suggested a time to meet — the last message from me before I would reveal myself and back out — there was no reply. At least, not yet. The next day, she e-mailed me saying she was deeply apologetic and that she'd fallen asleep. She said she'd like to meet up sometime. So yes, there are women on Craigslist. Well, at least one! You've probably guessed by now that the experiences for heterosexual men and women on Craigslist's casual encounters are quite different.
I observed that for every ad a woman posts, there are at least 20 from men. If nothing else, that imbalance ought to alter the experience. To get the female perspective, I did two things: I posted a fake ad as a woman to see what kinds of responses I would get, and I interviewed two women who have had success hooking up on casual encounters in the past. As for potential suitors, I asked only that they supply a photo and "be attractive and not creepy. There was a five minute delay before my ad appeared, then I started receiving about one response per minute.
Most of them were careful to say "I don't do this often. Some sent pictures of themselves naked along with the word "Hi. There were a lot of expressions of sympathy over my fake breakup. I was hearing from men of all types, and it seemed I had my pick of the litter. After about thirty minutes, though, my post was flagged for removal. I thought I'd made it look legit, but as we learned earlier, folks have good reason to be hawkish about scammers.
After the end of my test run with Craigslist casual encounters, I decided to get more insight into the female experience with the site by interviewing two women who said they had successes meeting up with men on Casual Encounters. Their problem was the opposite of mine. They had too many options to pick from, but they both dealt with the numerous choices in the same way. Both women ultimately responded to men who they felt put effort into writing long, personal messages as opposed to quick notes.
Multiple paragraphs of insightful and relatable prose won out — but only after the initial test of physical appearance. Both said they immediately eliminated men who opened with pictures of genitalia — a very common practice. However, looks were important. One of the women I interviewed said she once had a crush on a client at her job, but couldn't make a move without compromising her professionalism.
However, she was looking through Casual Encounters and saw an ad from a man, and she recognized his writing style — it was her old client! She sent him a message to see if it was him, asking a question only he would be able to answer. He proved his identity and they ended up hooking up. One of the women said she would go to Casual Encounters when she was looking for a very specific sexual experience — something you can't always count on from a one night stand that starts at a club or bar.
The other said her reasons could be summed up as "curiosity, boredom, and convenience. The trick is to keep an open mind and not have any real expectations. At the very least, it's mildly entertaining. After all this exploration, I'll say that Craigslist casual encounters is a place where people go to find very specific things from each other that they might not be able to conveniently locate in the real world.
Some of those things are very alternative. It's a last, best hope for some people who are looking to make a personal connection, but it's full of spam, unwanted attention, crime, and, well You might not find what you're looking for, but you're sure to find something interesting regardless.
Image courtesy of iStockphoto , nights , geotrac. Samuel Axon is a digital content producer in New York City. He has worked as an editor at Engadget, Mashable and the Joystiq network, and currently leads content strategy as Editorial Director at Sprout Social.
We're using cookies to improve your experience. Click Here to find out more. Entertainment Like Follow Follow. The Experiment I began with a listing announcing myself to the women of my city.
Barking Up the Wrong Tree All the responses I got from real people on my first day weren't from women — they were from men. But where were they? I was only getting messages from gay or bisexual men! An Army of Scammers Over the next couple of days, I actually received a lot of posts from women. Taking Initiative What little luck I'd had so far. The Other Perspective, Part 1: My Fake Female Ad You've probably guessed by now that the experiences for heterosexual men and women on Craigslist's casual encounters are quite different.
The Other Perspective, Part 2: Interviews With Craigslist Women After the end of my test run with Craigslist casual encounters, I decided to get more insight into the female experience with the site by interviewing two women who said they had successes meeting up with men on Casual Encounters.
Put another way, Craigslist casual encounters is a sexual microcosm of the rest of the Internet..